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Descendant of Samuel Marsden speaks at Selwyn Village event

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 11:12 am | Selwyn Foundation

To coincide with the bicentennial celebrations of the introduction of Christianity to New Zealand by the Reverend Samuel Marsden, his great, great, great grandson – also Reverend Samuel Marsden – will speak at Selwyn Village (Point Chevalier, Auckland) ... More >>

Auckland Pride Festival 2015 First Programme Announcement

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:58 am | Auckland Pride Festival

Auckland Pride, New Zealand’s largest festival celebrating the colourful and diverse LGBTIQ community, returns for 2015 with its largest programme to date. Due to an overwhelming number of registrations for 2015, Auckland Pride has extended its festival ... More >>

Freddie Gibbs To Perform Two Shows In New Zealand

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 10:03 am | The Maple

Astral People in association with Robin Fernando presents the uncompromising and fearless Freddie Gibbs. As an uncut distillation of his surrounds, Gibbs will set foot in New Zealand for two shows next year in February. After a colourful career ... More >>

Local Riders Target Glory at South Island Jumping Champs

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 4:00 pm | Equestrian Sports New Zealand

Local riders are hoping the hometown advantage will give them that something extra when they take on the South Island’s best in the Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) South Island Show Jumping and Showhunter Championships at the Gore A&P Showgrounds ... More >>

Dragon Island children’s story gets interactive on iPad

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:57 pm | Kiwa

Dragon Island, the new children’s book from internationally acclaimed author Martin Baynton, is now available as an interactive story exclusively on iPad. More >>

Beachfest action at Tahunanui

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:53 pm | YMCA Nelson

Live youth music gigs at Tahunanui will add to the action for young people this summer, thanks to Raise Up and Nelson YMCA. More >>

Christchurch to host spectacular Cricket World Cup opening

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:50 pm | Tourism New Zealand

The South Island city of Christchurch is set to host a unique and spectacular opening event for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. This will be held on Thursday 12th February - two days before the tournament officially begins when New Zealand take on Sri Lanka ... More >>

Dwarves, Elves, a Hobbit and a Wizard pop up in Wellington

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:49 pm | Tourism New Zealand

Fans from around the world whizzed into Wellington for a costume party and special screening of the third and final Hobbit movie More >>

Another Grand Slam Champion to contend for the ASB Classic

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:46 pm | ASB Classic

Organisers of the 2015 ASB Classic are pleased to announce the tournament’s final guaranteed wild card – Italy’s Francesca Schiavone. More >>

Skoda Elite & U19 Track National Championships

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 3:19 pm | BikeNZ

Skoda Elite & U19 Track National Championships - Avantidrome, Home of Cycling - Cambridge 29th January - 1st February 2015 More >>

Classic On Song for World Cup Riders

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:45 pm | Equestrian Sports New Zealand

Maurice Beatson will be on a mission to put a halt to the female domination of the Ultra.Mox FEI World Cup series at the Fiber Fresh Taupo Christmas Classic this weekend. More >>

A Devil of a Film Will Go into Production in New Zealand

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:29 pm | Film New Zealand

Film New Zealand confirmed today that Legendary Pictures’ KRAMPUS will commence principal photography in New Zealand in early 2015. More >>

Street poets raise their voices this Summer

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:24 pm | Auckland Live

Auckland Live and Niu Navigations come together again to present Rising Voices Summer Series – a showcase of Aotearoa’s most electric, hilarious and passionate slam poets this 12-14 February. Part of Auckland Fringe and featuring an Auckland Pride ... More >>

Is your car pumped for the holidays?

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 2:16 pm | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

As motorists load up their car boots for the Christmas holidays, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) says they should take a few minutes at the petrol station to check tyre pressure and give tyres a bit more air than usual. More >>

O’Donnell in for Mondiale Aces return home

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:40 pm | Auckland Cricket

Young batsman Robbie O’Donnell will join the Mondiale Auckland Aces for their first home Plunket Shield clash of the season starting tomorrow. More >>

Whale & Dolphin Film Project In 'Heaven on Earth' Video Comp

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:35 pm | Jeff Wefferson

My film about the whales and dolphins has been accepted into the 'Heaven On Earth' competition, and thanks to Laurie and Jacob Tietelbaum of the Big Island, Hawai'i for making this happen. This is actually just the 'trailer' for the much more in-depth ... More >>

Auckland designer adorns tennis star with champagne diamonds

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 1:05 pm | Moet and Chandon

Moët & Chandon, the exclusive champagne sponsor of the NZ Festival of Tennis, has partnered with New Zealand master jewellers, Naveya & Sloane to create the ultimate luxury gift to welcome tennis glamour girl Caroline Wozniacki to New Zealand. More >>

Cricket legends to play in Art Deco exhibition match

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:56 pm | Hawke's Bay Tourism

Today Hawke’s Bay Tourism announced their plans to host a “Legends of Cricket Art Deco Match” to coincide with ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 celebrations in Hawke’s Bay. More >>

Preserving a place for breaking NZ music on radio

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:45 pm | NZ On Air

New Zealand music buffs will continue to hear the newest local music on commercial radio stations throughout the country next year, with funding from NZ On Air confirmed for a total of 23 hours of local new music programmes a week across 11 networks. More >>

GOLD and white water rafting

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 12:05 pm | Upper Hutt City Council

On Thursday 11 December, Activation’s ‘GOLD’ (Growing Old Living Dangerously) programme introduced an adventurous group of Upper Hutt residents, to the swift white water in the Otaki Gorge. Heavy rainfall the day before led to high water levels ... More >>

Silo Park season: January 2015

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:45 am | Silo Park

Christmas is over, but Silo Park is humming with summer vibrations, and January is jam-packed with a flavourful burst of activity from all corners of this fair city! Movies, markets, and music from NZ and beyond is just the beginning -- Silo Park ... More >>

Strong response to school’s sports tournament in Hawke’s Bay

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:41 am | Hastings District Council

The Hawke’s Bay school’s sports calendar has received a major boost with the development of an exciting, new tournament. The Hastings Sixes is a new event that was launched to schools around New Zealand last month. More >>

Wellington Firebirds squad announced for Plunket Shield

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:13 am | Cricket Wellington

The Wellington Firebirds squad to play in the third round of the Plunket Shield against the Northern Knights at Seddon Park, starting 18 December 2014 is: More >>

Marlon Williams Sets Out on 'Dark Child' Tour This February

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 11:06 am | Mushroom Group

Following a sold-out solo tour in July, 2-time New Zealand Music Award winner Marlon Williams has announced a full band national tour in February to celebrate the release of his new single Dark Child. More >>

Nostalgia Festival in Christchurch - headline act The Bats

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:21 am | Nostalgia Festival

Independent music and food festival Nostalgia returns to Christchurch for its second year on 7 March 2015 with headline act The Bats. In its second year, Nostalgia is the hot ticket for summer and offers the opportunity to discover some of Christchurch’s ... More >>

Karapoti Celebrates Three Decades!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 10:16 am | Karapoti Classic

Three decades ago mountain biking was a new fringe sport. There were only a couple of bike brands available and any races had been nothing more than a gathering of a few mates. Until one day late in the summer of 1986, when Wellington cycling enthusiast ... More >>

ARTFRONT Showcases Artwork from Jeremy Shirley

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:44 am | ARTFRONT

ARTFRONT are delighted to announce the completion of a large scale work by New Zealand artist Jeremy Shirley situated on Auckland’s waterfront. ARTFRONT is an on-going temporal exhibition; the project seeks to support the creative sector and most importantly, ... More >>

Hamilton Gardens a Reason Why NZ is Best Country to Visit

Wednesday, 17 December 2014, 9:42 am | Hamilton City Council

Hamilton Gardens has joined the ranks of the haka, the iconic Milford Track and stunning Fiordland as reasons why New Zealand is the world’s best country to visit, according to an influential British newspaper. More >>

Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2014 - Winners

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 5:00 pm | Chapman Tripp theatre awards

Another fantastic year of the Cultural Capital’s theatrical excellence was celebrated Sunday 14 December, at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards in Paramount Cinema. More >>

Graphic Novel component for 2015 Mentorship Programme

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:41 pm | New Zealand Society of Authors

The NZ Society of Authors Mentor Programme 2015 is now open for applications and for the first time comic book writers and graphic novelists can also apply! More >>

Buy Enjoy opens 6pm 17/12/14

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 4:03 pm | Enjoy Art Gallery

Buy Enjoy 2014 Artworks $125 Cash and Carry Donated by Emerging and Established Artists Opening: Wednesday December 17, 6:00pm Closing: Saturday December 20, 4:00pm Join us TOMORROW NIGHT for the opening of Buy Enjoy 2014 More >>

Greg Johnson NORTH - 8 dates across the North Island

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:45 pm | Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson returns in March 2015 for eight North Island late-summer concerts – showcasing favourite songs from his 10 albums, radio hits, and a preview of new material. More >>

SLAM festival experience hits NZ beaches this summer

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:40 pm | SLAM volleyball festival

AUCKLAND, NZ – SLAM, the definitive volleyball beach party experience that is taking over the globe, is setting foot for the first time ever on the beaches of New Zealand this summer. More >>

Gearing up for an Epic Road Trip from Top to Tip of NZ

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:17 pm | Dee and Steve West

The first two Tesla Model S cars to arrive in New Zealand have seen a good chunk of this beautiful country, even though they landed only a few short weeks ago. More >>

Award-winning duo 'Into the East' tour Jan/Feb 2015

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:08 pm | Arts on Tour New Zealand

Into the East’s Liv McBride and Graeme Woller were crowned 2014 National Country Music Duo of the Year and nominated for the 2014 Taite Music Prize as well as 2014 Best NZ Folk Album (for Fight from the Inside ) . Featuring gently finger picked ... More >>

Applications - 2015 Pacific Writer’s Residency

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:06 pm | Fulbright NZ

Fulbright New Zealand and Creative New Zealand invite applications for the 2015 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency, which offers a mid-career or senior New Zealand writer of Pacific heritage the opportunity to work for three months on a ... More >>

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Announces Opening Events

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 3:02 pm | ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Christchurch is to host a unique and spectacular opening for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on Thursday 12 February next year, with the free, family-friendly event to feature appearances by Solo3 Mio, Ginny Blackmore and Hayley Westenra, as well as cricketing ... More >>

Shop smart this silly season

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 1:50 pm | Consumer

Consumer NZ has 12 tips to help you through the pre-Christmas rush to buy presents and the Boxing Day sales. More >>

Elam celebrates contemporary printmaking

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 12:41 pm | University of Auckland

A celebration of the art of contemporary printmaking will take place at the University of Auckland next month with dozens of artists from around the world heading to Auckland to take part over summer. More >>

Jackal sees the dark side of the Funny Side with new single

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 12:40 pm | Powertool Records

Dark and light. Quirky but serious. Melodic but jarring. These are the moods created by 'The Funny Side', the new - free - single from Jackal's upcoming fifth album set to be released early next year, coming your way via Outer Space Publicity. More >>

Treat for audiences of documentary, factual, arts programmes

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 11:15 am | NZ On Air

Our beautiful country, its history and people will shine next year in a number of new series just funded by NZ On Air. Also supported will be another hard-hitting series from Nigel Latta and a remarkable true-life story. More >>

The Winery Tour adopts NZ Music Foundation as tour charity

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:43 am | Winery Tour

The New Zealand Music Foundation is the official charity of The Winery Tour 2015. The New Zealand Music Foundation works with organisations that use music to change lives such as the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, StarJam, Zeal and Strike Percussion. More >>

Kiss the Fish basks in stream of awards

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 10:25 am | University of Auckland

A play created with the assistance of a University of Auckland academic has received a string of awards at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis’s play Kiss the Fish won the Outstanding New New Zealand Play of the Year Award. Associate ... More >>

One Man Show Tackles Football’s Last Taboo

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:29 am | Elephant Publicity

DIRECT FROM THE UK comes AWAY FROM HOME, an award-winning production that delves into the taboo subject of homosexuality within English football. An edgy, moving, subversive one-man show laced with sharp humour, Away From Home holds its NZ première ... More >>

Midge Ure (UK) four-date NZ tour in April

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 9:12 am | Kurt Shanks

The voice of Ultravox, Midge Ure will perform four New Zealand shows in April 2015 – remarkably his first concerts here since electro-pop legends Ultravox visited our shores for the Sweetwaters festival in 1982. More >>

New report gets NZ closer to cycle friendly communities

Monday, 15 December 2014, 5:33 pm | Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) welcomes the final report and recommendations of the Cycling Safety Panel. The Panel has been tasked with developing innovative, comprehensive and practical recommendations for how central and local government ... More >>

FIS World Cup season to kick off in NZ

Monday, 15 December 2014, 5:20 pm | Winter Games NZ

Some of the biggest names in winter sport will begin their search for glory in New Zealand next August. Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 will once again host the first FIS World Cup events of the season. More >>

Jay-Jay, Mike And Dom’s Christmas Carols for Charity

Monday, 15 December 2014, 5:09 pm | Mediaworks

After a four year hiatus, The Edge’s Jay-Jay, Mike and Dom have again released three original Christmas songs to raise money for their chosen charities. More >>

2015 Venice Biennale: Second venue secured for NZ pavillion

Monday, 15 December 2014, 5:02 pm | Creative New Zealand

New Zealand’s project for the 2015 Venice Art Biennale has gained an exciting new dimension with the finalising of a contract to locate an additional installation in Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. More >>

Nines women down to short list

Monday, 15 December 2014, 4:04 pm | New Zealand Rugby League

Five newcomers have a chance to make NZ Kiwi Ferns debuts, after their inclusion in the national women’s squad to prepare for next month’s Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. More >>

High-quality, diverse NZ performing arts to tour Australia

Monday, 15 December 2014, 3:19 pm | Creative New Zealand

Next year two leading New Zealand performing arts companies will travel 6,850 kilometres to give 29 performances in seven Australian cities across four states, thanks to an initiative supporting our artists to tour their work across the ditch. Jumpboard ... More >>

NZ History Research Trust Fund Grants 2014

Monday, 15 December 2014, 2:50 pm | Ministry For Culture And Heritage

The impact of Katherine Mansfield’s formative Wellington years is the focus for new research by historian and author Redmer Yska who is this year’s major recipient of a New Zealand History Research Trust Fund (NZHRT) Award in History. More >>

New Auckland Better Home & Living Show Seeks Local Input

Monday, 15 December 2014, 2:46 pm | Jade Promotions

Jade Promotions, the country’s largest provider of home, garden and lifestyle shows announced today that it is seeking local input for a major feature at its new Auckland Better Home & Living Show. The event, which will follow the highly successful ... More >>

Kiwi artist brought home to support Christchurch fundraiser

Monday, 15 December 2014, 2:31 pm | Dulux

Nudes, landscapes, fantasy, pop art and a touch of ‘80s retro Kiwiana patriotism normally distinguish the work of Mandii Pope but giraffes represent a new canvas for the popular ex-pat Kiwi artist. More >>

Burkes Cycles Spring Series Winners

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:50 pm | Wellington Velodrome

Burkes Cycles Speed League Spring Series winners were named following round seven of the track cycling league which was held at Wellington Velodrome in Hataitai on Sunday December 14. Grant Perry won the senior men's/ under 19 category with Ione ... More >>

Latest works from Unpacked go on display in Hamilton

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:44 pm | Te Papa

Latest works from Huakina: He taonga mai i Te Papa - Unpacked: Treasures from Te Papa go on display in Hamilton More >>

Real estate company heralds in Christmas joy for Starship

Monday, 15 December 2014, 1:07 pm | Starship Foundation

The Starship Foundation has written its Christmas list and Barfoot & Thompson has checked off three items this December following a year’s worth of fundraising efforts culminating in a $160,000 donation to the national children’s hospital. More >>

The Hobbit: – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:59 pm | NZSO

NZSO records The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack New Zealand’s national orchestra has recorded the soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the third film in Sir Peter Jackson’s acclaimed ... More >>

Call of the marae still strong

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:49 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Nearly 400,000 Māori know which of the country’s 800-plus marae is theirs, and most would like to visit more often, according to the first report of its kind from Statistics New Zealand. More >>

New sci-fi drama series for children to screen in prime time

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:40 pm | NZ On Air

A new family-friendly drama series in the sci-fi thriller genre, a returning murder-mystery series and a hip-hop dance film will be coming to local TV screens following NZ On Air funding. More >>


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